Simple Orange Bitters

This recipe is featured in Brittany Chardin’s story, “Bitters Suite” featured in the spring 2010 issue of in the Mix Magazine.

Simple Orange Bitters by Kathy Casey

Photo Credit: Cameo McRoberts


1 (750-milliliter) bottle grain alcohol, such as everclear 151

½ pound orange peel pieces

1 tsp fennel seed

½ tsp coriander seed

4 cardamom pods

20 drops gentian extract or approx. ½ teaspoon gentian root

½ tsp dry chinchona


Combine all ingredients in a 2-quart jar with a tight fitting lid. Close and store at room temperature. Let steep 14 days, shaking the jar every other day. Strain alcohol from  spices and store in a jar with a tight fitting lid, in a dark place.